In An Abbey Garden - Poem

Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland

In An Abbey Garden

Hart's tongue, rusty-back, maidenhair,
Fern folk swaying in the summer air;
Streamflow, riverrun, weirwater fall
Rushings and ripplings by the mossgrown wall.

Blackbird, songthrush, in noonday sun,
Pipings and warblings, notes as one;
Glottal-stop, cadence-flow, sweet birdtalk,
Sacramental hymn of the leafroofed walk.

By Michael Hensey